Majors & Minors
At the heart of the University of South Carolina Beaufort experience is an academic journey that enlightens as much as it empowers. Students can earn bachelor's and masters degrees with the ability to concentrate in select areas and to choose from minors that will enhance the academic experience and future career opportunities.
Computational Science (M.S.)
The Master of Science in Computational Science (CSCI) enables those students who already hold a B.S. degree in science, engineering, or another appropriate discipline to gain advanced knowledge and research experience that are needed for them to become successful computer or computational scientists. The program will endeavor to produce graduates who possess the deeper knowledge and skills in mathematics and computing that will allow them to participate in the extension of scientific thought and knowledge at an advanced level.
Are you seeking a master’s degree in literacy, or do you need master’s level courses for the SC Read to Succeed Endorsement? Then join our new program! Beginning Summer 2021, USCB’s Education Department will prepare teachers like you to improve reading achievement in P-12 classrooms in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and beyond. This professional development opportunity is designed for local, in-service teachers, with a combination of on-campus, on-line, and field-based coursework. You’ll join a cohort, so you’ll be building both intellectual and social ties, and you’ll be taught by scholar-teachers with broad and deep experience in the field.
The Biology program at USCB is designed to provide students with comprehensive exposure to the biological sciences at the molecular, physiological, organism, and ecological levels. Want to study life in the salt marsh, do research in a DNA lab, or sample plankton on a R/V Vagabond? If so, a major in Biology may be the choice for you! Potential Careers: Wildlife Biologist, Geneticist, Veterinarian, Botanist, Ecologist, Laboratory Technician, Medical Doctor, or Marine Biologist.
Business Administration (B.S.)
The Business Administration degree is focused on the traditional business areas of accounting, economics, finance, management, and marketing and their roles in implementing business strategies. An integrative approach is employed stressing leadership, ethics, interpersonal skills, and technological competence in a critical thinking context. Real-world skills are developed which allow our graduates to contribute to their future employers in for-profit, non-profit and government organizations, as well as their local and global community. Classes are taught by an outstanding faculty who are respected scholars, experienced teachers, and successful business people. Small classes and direct contact allow faculty to create an interactive classroom experience. Business majors can choose an Accounting, Management or Marketing concentration. The department also offers a Minor in Business Administration and business degree completion programs for working adults. Classes are scheduled on weekdays, evenings, Saturdays and online.
Communication Studies (B.A.)
A degree in Communication Studies helps you develop practical communication skills for engagement around campus, in the workplace, at home, in society, and in the world. Students who earn a degree in Communication Studies successfully find employment opportunities in a variety of areas where effective interpersonal, organizational, intercultural, ethical, and media savvy communication expertise is required.
Communication skills frequently top the list of skills that employers desire in employees. For example, a survey of the top Fortune 500 companies indicated that strong communication skills were the most important skills in job effectiveness. Because graduates of Communication Studies programs learn valuable communication skills, they are attractive to employers in a wide range of industries, for a wide range of positions.
Computational Science (B.S.)
Computational Science is a field of applied Computer Science in which computing theories and software techniques are used to serve and advance many disciplines, including science, engineering, social science, and business. The B.S. in Computational Science at the University of South Carolina Beaufort is designed to introduce students to cutting-edge computing and quantitative skills relevant to their concentration or interests. Consequently, the program facilitates interdisciplinary study and research with other University departments and programs. A wide range of corporate, government, and non-profit organizations employ graduates of Computational Science programs, including Boeing, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Aerospace Corporation, the U.S. Dept. of Energy, South Carolina bio fabrication industry, Gulfstream, and many others. Computational Science students are also strong candidates for graduate programs.
Early Childhood Education (B.A.)
The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education is a degree program for undergraduate students at USCB who are seeking South Carolina teaching certification in grades Pre-K-3. Early childhood education majors benefit from engaging hands-on experiences, opportunities to integrate theory with teaching practice, and extensive field and clinical experiences in child care settings, Head Start centers, Montessori schools, and local public schools. This program provides students with a broad academic background and the professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to work with young children from through eight years of age.
Elementary Education (B.A.)
The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education is a degree program for undergraduate students at USCB who wish to teach and earn South Carolina teaching certification for grades 2-6. Elementary education majors benefit from engaging hands-on experiences, opportunities to integrate theory with teaching practice, and extensive field and clinical experiences in local schools. This program provides students with a broad academic background and the professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for elementary teachers in grades 2-6.
Through the study of literature and writing—creative/professional/critical—the B.A. in English at USCB is dedicated to cultivating in its students a broad cultural awareness and the skills to engage in inquiry and ongoing discourses. In our programs, students hone analytical thinking, deep reading, and rhetorically effective writing as interdependent practices. The degree also fosters in students a keen understanding of the English language as they interpret texts and produce them across contexts. By providing opportunities for students to become well-rounded, socially aware, and empathetic citizens, professionals, and people, our English degree prepares graduates to read the past, inhabit an ever-changing present, and step confidently into the future they help imagine into being.
You can participate in The May River Review (USCB's interdisciplinary critical journal), our Society of Creative Writers, our chapter of the national English honor society Sigma Tau Delta, our writing tutoring program, and our internship program. Take advantage of close relationships with your professors, who help prepare you for professions and graduate schools that will benefit from the strong writing, creative, and analytical expertise you acquired from our program.
English, with Secondary Licensure (B.A.)
The purpose of the core B.A. in English at USCB is to cultivate in its students a broad cultural awareness and the ability to think critically, read deeply, and write effectively, through study of literature, textual and cultural analysis, writing, and the English language itself. The B.A. in English, with Secondary English Language Arts (ELA) Licensure extends these purposes to prepare students for secondary education certification and careers in education—from teaching, curriculum design, and educational policy to leadership positions in program development, corporate training, consulting, and more in non-profit organizations or business settings. The program will target students from and support USCB’s four county service area and is central to USCB’s mission to respond to regional needs, draw upon regional strengths, and prepare graduates to contribute locally, nationally, and internationally.
The main objective of the program is to produce knowledgeable, qualified, and professional secondary teachers in English Language Arts, in accordance with South Carolina standards and with the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) Standards for Initial Preparation of Teachers (Grades 7-12). As a B.A. in English, the program will also produce graduates with the strong critical thinking, reading, and writing skills characteristic of English majors and prepare them for the wide range of career opportunities available to trained teachers beyond the classroom, should they choose not to teach.
The Bachelor of Arts with a major in History is designed to be flexible enough to provide you with a background for graduate studies in History, for a future in education or in preparation for such professions as business, law, the ministry, advertising, communications and technical writing.
A student seeking the bachelor's degree in History may take thirty-three credit hours of upper division History courses including the History program's capstone course, the Historian's Craft. In addition to these major requirements, History majors can also take classes in the humanities, social sciences, logic, and foreign languages.
Hospitality Management (B.S.)
Why not study Hospitality Management at an international destination where more than two million tourists come to vacation each year? The resort of Hilton Head Island, the growing area of Bluffton, and the historic City of Beaufort attract visitors from around the world, providing a unique opportunity for students to study hospitality management in a real-life learning laboratory. A variety of internships and employment opportunities are available for students and graduates in the Lowcountry. Tourism Research and the Center for Event Management & Hospitality Training offer students scholarly pursuits that are unique to the coastal region USCB serves.
Human Services (B.S.)
Since 2002, USCB has offered the Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services primarily through residential, face-to-face courses. The convenience of online learning has led to some courses being offered in both formats. Students who chose the USCB on-campus path to the degree will have more course options and will enjoy the benefits of both face-to-face and online courses.
Palmetto College Online Degree Completion Program Starting Fall 2013, USCB began offering the Human Services Degree online under the general auspices of the University of South Carolina's Palmetto College. Students who have completed approximately 60-hours of course work will be eligible to apply for admission to the Palmetto College program. Palmetto College students will be able to complete all USCB Human Services Program and Major Requirements completely online. Most of these courses will be offered in an 8-week accelerated format. Palmetto College students who take a fulltime course load could complete the degree in just over two years. The same highly qualified faculty that teach face-to-face courses at USCB will teach Palmetto College online courses. All courses will be designed in accordance with the latest online learning quality standards.
Information Science and Technology (B.S.)
The Information Science & Technology (ISAT) degree provides students with cutting-edge knowledge and technical skills in both information processing and technology management. Graduates of the program will be equipped with broad knowledge in the design and integration of information technologies, enabling the development and implementation of new technologies for various science and business sectors. The degree promotes the application of entrepreneurial thinking, computer programming, system administration, and technical communication for problem solving in across many fields, including science, engineering, social sciences, and business. Furthermore, graduates of the ISAT program will be prepared for careers in broad areas that require proficiency in information and data analysis, system design and project management, and advanced technical services. Indeed, graduates of the ISAT program will be prepared to serve not only as information technology professionals but also information technology leaders in the growing digital culture and economy.
Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.)
A Bachelors of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST) is simultaneously one of the most traditional and most innovative degrees at USCB. Students design their own degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, working outside the boundaries of inquiry permitted by single disciplines. The degree also holds appeal for transfer and non-traditional students. We also offer an interdisciplinary Film Minor.
The purpose of the Bachelor of Science with a major in Mathematics is to broadly prepare students for the multidisciplinary field of practice that is concerned with the structure and the application of mathematics. The degree includes required tracks (Mathematical Sciences and Secondary Teacher Education) for students interested in pursuing secondary-education licensure as well as mathematics sciences.
USCB currently offers two tracks. One is an RN to BSN completion track, which graduated its first class in April 2009. The other is a pre-licensure track, with its initial graduating class in spring 2011. The RN to BSN track provides a BSN degree to registered nurses who hold a diploma or associate degree in nursing.
The pre-licensure track provides a four-year course of study to the BSN. Pre-licensure students who are completing their pre-nursing requirements may apply for admission into the BSN major up until August 1 of each year. Applicants will be notified of the admissions committee decision by October 31st. Core nursing courses will begin in the following spring semester.
It has been said that man's favorite object of study is himself. Understanding the factors that help maintain psychological, physical and social well-being can benefit graduates in psychology throughout their professional and personal lives. The range of phenomena that psychologists study is vast. For many psychology students the undergraduate degree is but a stepping-stone to graduate study and a career in the profession of psychology.
Psychology graduates tend to have strong "people" and critical thinking skills, valuable commodities in almost any profession. The application of these skills is useful in such diverse fields as medicine, law, service industries, research, and writing. Because if its broad applicability, psychology is one of the top three most popular undergraduate majors in liberal arts colleges and universities in the nation.
Public Health (B.S.)
The purpose of the Bachelor of Science with a major in Public Health (formerly known as Health Promotion) is to prepare students for the multidisciplinary field of practice concerned with designing, implementing and evaluating interventions that enable individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities to play active roles in achieving, protecting and sustaining the public's health. The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC), Inc. (www.nchec.org) identifies seven areas of responsibility for health educators. The program is grounded in these seven areas and students will be prepared to sit for this optional certification exam.
The Sociology program at University of South Carolina Beaufort provides students the theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and analytical tools to describe and understand social life and the multifaceted connections between the individual and society. Learning the principles of Sociology prepares students to analyze and understand such areas as domestic violence, body image, the role of mass media, social change, gender, race, urbanization, education, crime, health, family, aging, political dynamics, and other social phenomena.
Sociology graduates work in criminal justice, health care, government, family agencies, social science research, business and marketing, education, human services, management, law, advocacy, community organization and many other exciting fields.
Studio Art (B.A.)
The Studio Art degree program provides students with a focus in studio art practice and theory, with a solid grounding in art history, within the context of the liberal arts. The program prepares graduates both for professional careers in the arts and graduate programs in fine arts. The combination of an intensive liberal arts background with studio arts proficiency skills and practical experience will help students investigate and integrate their knowledge and perspectives in today's technologically changing world and will give them the background needed for a career in the arts.
* A concentration refers to a series of courses that display a distinctive curricular pattern within the major. Concentrations usually have a minimum of 15 credit hours. Contact the appropriate academic department for details. Concentrations are not listed on the diploma but are noted on the academic transcript.
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